School levy slated

for the May ballot

Aurora is one of five Portage County school districts which will have levies on the May 2 ballot.

A continuing additional levy of 5.9 mills will go on the ballot, according to the Portage County Board of Elections. The deadline for placing issues on the spring ballot was Feb. 2.

The Aurora Board of Education voted Jan. 23 to send the issue to the ballot.

If approved, the local levy would begin collection in 2018 and would raise an estimatded $3.7 million annually and cost $413 a year in additional taxes for the owner of a home valued at $200,000, according to Treasurer Bill Volosin.

Levies help pay for general operations of the district, including utilities, salaries, benefits, contracts and other items.

Other Portage districts which will have levies on the May 2 ballot are Crestwood (4.45-mill bond issue), Ravenna (2.9-mill permanent improvement), Waterloo (8.25-mill additional) and Field (8.3-mill additional).

Dresses and shoes

are eyed for prom

The "Dress Project," started by Leighton School students Eva Logan and Hailey Kulawiak, is seeking donations from local residents.

It supplies dresses (sizes 5 to 12 without rips or stains), shoes and accessories to girls in the Aurora school district who are in need of items to wear to the Aurora High National Honor Society's elementary Princess Prom.

Slightly used dresses, shoes and accessories can be donated through Feb. 16 in bins located at the entrance of Leighton, Craddock and Miller schools. Monetary donations will be used to clean the dresses and help with admission fees.

For more information, email Logan at, Kulawiak at, Mrs. Curry at or Tami Mazzella at tmazzella@aurora-schools.

Meanwhile, class photos will be taken Feb. 9 at Leighton School. Order forms were sent home recently, and should be returned Feb. 9 along with $10 in cash or a check made payable to Ripcho Studio.

Singing workshop

coming up Feb. 25

A show choir workshop will be Feb. 25 for third- to sixth-graders in Aurora High's auditorium.

Members of Aurora High's Emerald Ensemble show choir will run the workshop under the direction of choir director Sarah Dixon. Participants will spend the day learning singing, staging and dance.

The program is designed to teach kids in a comfortable environment before they get a chance to show off onstage. The workshop begins at 9 a.m. and ends with a performance for parents at 11:50 a.m. before pickup at noon.

Registration fee is $25 and includes a T-shirt for each participant if registered by Feb. 13. The workshop is a fundraiser for the Aurora Choir Boosters. All proceeds will benefit Aurora school choirs.

For more information and a registration form, visit For questions, contact Michelle at 248-895-0515.

Musicians lauded;

speakers are eyed

Several Aurora High music students recently earned honors in the Ohio Music Education Association's adjudicated event participants in grades 9 to 12.

The list includes: Mallet ensemble of Sydney Prusha, Abby Toth, Matthew Zrimsek, Katie Cochran and Grayson Heath, excellent; Rachel Nagy, trumpet solo, superior; Dottie Horvat, oboe solo, superior; John Kushan, trumpet solo, superior.

Percussion ensemble of Thomas Packard, David Riley, Bryan Westfall, Prusha, Toth, Zrimsek, Cochran and Heath, superior; and Christian Lutkus, bassoon solo, superior.

The Rotary Club of Aurora invites students in grades 9 to 12 from Aurora and Streetsboro high schools to participate in the local 4-Way Test speech competition Feb. 22 at 7:30 a.m. at the Aurora Inn.

For details, contact Melissa Lindley at 330-562-3501 or Winners will move on to the district level contrest in April. Cash prizes are $250, $150 and $100.

AHS parent-teacher conferences will be Feb. 22 from 6:20 to 7:30 p.m. and March 2 from 7:20 to 8:30 p.m.. These will be 10-minute scheduled appointments; no drop-ins.

The AHS book club will meet Feb. 22 at 2:30 p.m. in the media center to discuss favorite or least favorite book-to-movie combos. Snacks will be available.

Harris visits VCA

Students at Valley Christian Academy enjoyed a special visit Jan. 25 by WEWS Channel 5 anchorwoman Danita Harris. She shared that she feels blessed to work in the broadcasting industry because it partners well with her commitment to community service. She sang with the student body and shared an inspiring message of how each one of them are unique and gifted to do amazing things.

VCA plans its first bowl-a-thon Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northwoods Lanes in Macedonia. Students must register to participate by Feb. 15 and they will receive a dress down pass. Bowl-a-thon packet materials can be downloaded at!/bowl-a-thon-

Top pupils named

Harmon School's athletes of the week for last week are: Ashley Grossman and Olivia Salupo, cheerleading; Shyanne Sellers, eighth-grade girls basketball; and Jack Cardaman, Mitchell Copley, Joseph Harden and Joshua Sweatt, wrestling.

Students of the week are: sixth-graders Gianna Malie, Bailey McGee, Brian Miller and Evan Milligan; seventh-graders Kurtis Miller, Ronan Paulic, Carly Thompson and Grace Williamson; and eighth-graders Kaitlyn Averitt, Katarina Cannata, Samuel Crevar, Brianna Foster, Charles Guinn, Joseph Harden, Griffin Howsmon, Brian Kennedy, Ava Lovell and Mason Wolkov.

Spaghetti served

The Aurora PTO's annual spaghetti dinner will be Feb. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the high school. Tickets are on sale in all school offices at $4 for ages 5 to 12 and senior citizens and $6 for age 13 to adults.

Other coming events are: Feb. 9 -- preschool Valentine's Day parties; Feb. 10 -- grades K to 5 Valentine's Day parties; Feb. 17 -- teach in-service day (no school for students); Feb. 20 -- Presidents Day (no classes); Feb. 25 -- elementary mother-son dinner and dance from 5 to 8 p.m. at AHS; Feb. 27-March 2 -- Craddock School spring bookfair; Feb. 27 -- Board of Education meeting at 7 p.m. in AHS media center.